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Eulàlia Pujades, Sergi Riera and Miquel Casadement at the awards ceremony

New project on organic photovoltaics on Barcelona's bus stops

Sergi Riera-Galindo, ICMAB researcher, is the IP of this project awarded by the Barcelona City Council to young and emerging research projects. 

The ceremony was held on Monday, 20 March at the Barcelona City Council (at the Saló de Cent) and a diploma was given to each researcher of the eighteen winning projects.  

Sergi Riera's project is titled "Bus stop integrated organic photovoltaics (TERRA)" and is granted with 60,000 €. The project aims to integrate stable organic photovoltaics mini-modules on bus stops to power light devices for a future smart city.  

New Projects, Breaking News, timeline

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Cocrystallization of Antifungal Compounds Mediated by Halogen Bonding

Título : Cocrystallization of Antifungal Compounds Mediated by Halogen Bonding
Autores: Mónica Benito*, Antonio Frontera*, and Elies Molins
Citation and DOI: Cryst. Growth Des. 2023
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.3c00067
PlumX: Cocrystallization of Antifungal Compounds Mediated by Halogen Bonding
The application of halogen bonding in pharmaceutical chemistry remains a challenge. In this work, novel halogen-bonded cocrystals based on azole antifungal active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and the ditopic molecule 1,4-diiodotetrafluorobenzene are reported. Their crystal structural features, spectroscopic properties, and thermal stability were studied. The components are bound through I···N from the triazole moieties present in all of the compounds.

Biomaterials

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Open call of the 13th edition of INSPIRACIENCIA 2023

Título Artículo: Open call of the 13th edition of INSPIRACIENCIA 2023

In this edition there is a special prize for stories about Archaeology. Texts of a maximum of 800 words can be sent, in the young or adult category, and in Spanish, Catalan, Galician or Basque. The deadline for receipt of stories is June 4, 2023.

Outreach & Dissemination, Online

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Welcome Andreu Quesada Jaén at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Andreu Quesada Jaén
Hello everyone! I am Andreu. I'm from Manresa, 23 years old, and in my last year of Physics and Maths at UAB. I'll stay some months at ICMAB doing my final degree project in the N&N group about orienting magnetic nanoparticles. About me: I enjoy reading, hiking, playing tennis and going to the gym. See you!

Spain

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Bis(Vinylenedithio)-Tetrathiafulvalene-Based Coordination Networks

Título : Bis(Vinylenedithio)-Tetrathiafulvalene-Based Coordination Networks
Autores: Federica Solano, Dr. Pascale Auban-Senzier, Dr. Iwona Olejniczak, Dr. Bolesław Barszcz, Prof. Tomasz Runka, Prof. Pere Alemany, Prof. Enric Canadell, Dr. Narcis Avarvari, Dr. Nicolas Zigon
Citation and DOI: Chem. Eur. J. 202329, e202203138
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1002/chem.202203138
PlumX: Bis(Vinylenedithio)-Tetrathiafulvalene-Based Coordination Networks
Novel coordination polymers embedding electroactive moieties present a high interest in the development of porous conducting materials. While tetrathiafulvalene (TTF) based metal-organic frameworks were reported to yield through-space conducting frameworks, the use of S-enriched scaffolds remains elusive in this field. Herein is reported the employment of bis(vinylenedithio)-tetrathiafulvalene (BVDT-TTF) functionalized with pyridine coordinating moieties in coordination polymers.

Molecular

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Welcome Lia Cano Riu at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Lia Cano Riu
Hey! My name is Lia. I'm joining the Strategic Projects Unit as a Project Manager. I'll be working mainly on the DOCFAM+ project. I have a background in healthcare and health research. However, project management is what I'm the most excited about. I can't wait to get started!

Spain

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Universal ion-transport descriptors and classes of inorganic solid-state electrolytes

Título : Universal ion-transport descriptors and classes of inorganic solid-state electrolytes
Autores: Cibrán López, Agustí Emperador, Edgardo Saucedo, Riccardo Rurali and Claudio Cazorla *
Citation and DOI: Mater. Horiz., 2023, Advance Article
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D2MH01516A
PlumX: Universal ion-transport descriptors and classes of inorganic solid-state electrolytes
Solid-state electrolytes (SSEs) with high ion conductivity are pivotal for the development and large-scale adoption of green-energy conversion and storage technologies such as fuel cells, electrocatalysts and solid-state batteries. Yet, SSEs are extremely complex materials for which general rational design principles remain indeterminate. Here, we combine first-principles materials modelling, computational power and modern data analysis techniques to advance towards the solution of such a fundamental and technologically pressing problem.

Energy

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Start of the campaign with 10 of the 12 women, at the Escola Eixample

"Dona Ciència. Dona Tecnologia" new campaign on women in science and technology

Video URL: https://youtu.be/osh5DOCj3W0
Press Links:

M. Rosa Palacín, ICMAB researcher, is one of the 12 women scientists showcased in this campaign by the Catalan Government to visibilize women in science and technology. 

Websites News, Outreach Videos, Women in Science, Press Release

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Inauguration of the new NMR at the UB

A unique NMR infrastructure in Europe at the UB with new superconducting technology

Press Links:
On 10 March 2023 , the new 1 GHz NMR spectrometer was inaugurated at the Scientific and Technical Services of the UB (CCITUB).

ICMAB played an essential role in the development of the high-temperature superconductors installed in this new NMR.

TT News, Breaking News, Press Review

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Welcome Francesc Xavier Capella Guardià at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Francesc Xavier Capella Guardià
Hi everybody, I'm Xavi! I graduated in Engineering Physics and I'm currently studying the Master in Photonics. I'll develop my master thesis in the NANOPTO group with Dr. Sergi Riera-Galindo and Dr. Mariano Campoy-Quiles. My goal is to fabricate OPV devices for urban environment integration and test their performance under different illuminating conditions. I love discovering new places, music and swimming. See you!

Spain

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Untwining polar contributions from light-polarization dependent photovoltaic response of LuMnO3-based ferroelectric capacitors

Título : Untwining polar contributions from light-polarization dependent photovoltaic response of LuMnO3-based ferroelectric capacitors
Autores: Yunwei Sheng, Huan Tan, Alberto Quintana, Mario Villa, Jaume Gázquez, Ignasi Fina, Josep Fontcuberta
Citation and DOI: Acta Materialia, Volume 245, 2023, 118601, ISSN 1359-6454
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2022.118601
PlumX: Untwining polar contributions from light-polarization dependent photovoltaic response of LuMnO3-based ferroelectric capacitors
Narrow bandgap ferroelectrics are receiving a renewed interest for photovoltaic applications aiming at exploiting new functionalities arising from bulk photovoltaic effect (BPE). We report on the photovoltaic response of vertical capacitors of ferroelectric hexagonal LuMnO3 films sandwiched between semitransparent top electrodes (Pt, Co, Ti) and a common bottom (Pt) bottom electrode. Our results show that the presence of electrodes, other than their optical transmittance, crucially determines the imprint in the ferroelectric layer and ultimately the sensitivity of short circuit current density (Jsc) to the ferroelectric polarization direction.

Oxides

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Welcome Jordi Puigdefábregas Caminal at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Jordi Puigdefábregas Caminal
Hi everybody! My name is Jordi and I'm a bachelor student in Maths and Physics at UAB. Until the end of July, I'll be staying at ICMAB as part of the N & N Group working on my Final Degree Project. As of me, I am a passionate football fan (Barça supporter) and a die-hard rock & roll lover. Above all, travelling lets my imagination run wild and I'm always eager to discover new places and cultures. See you soon!

Spain

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Binder polymer influence on the electrical and UV response of organic field-effect transistors

Título : Binder polymer influence on the electrical and UV response of organic field-effect transistors
Autores: Jinghai Li, Adrián Tamayo, Aleix Quintana, Sergi Riera-Galindo, Raphael Pfattner, Yanyan Gong and Marta Mas-Torrent *
Citation and DOI: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2023, Advance Article
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D2TC05066H
PlumX: Binder polymer influence on the electrical and UV response of organic field-effect transistors
The use of blends of small molecule organic semiconductors (OSCs) with insulating binding polymers has been shown to be a promising route to facilitate the processing of OSCs over large areas using printing techniques. Here we fabricated organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) and phototransistors using the benchmark OSC 7-decyl-2-phenyl[1]benzothieno[3,2-b][1]benzothiophene (Ph-BTBT-10) and blends of this material with polystyrene (PS), poly(pentafluorostyrene) (PFS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). We show that the nature of the binding polymer has a significant impact on the device performance.

Molecular

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Which are the influencers and books that we got to know this year for 11F?

Take a look at the amazing scientific disseminators that spread knowledge through social media and to the books related to women in science that people recommended us!

This year, to commemorate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science from the Gender Equality Committee we asked people to recommend us:

    • scientific disseminators, communicators
    • influencers and
    • books related to women in science.

And we received more than 60 answers from different people, schools, universities, etc. 

Women in Science, Breaking News

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Welcome Arianna Quesada Ramírez at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Arianna Quesada Ramírez

Hello everyone!
My name is Arianna, I come from Costa Rica where I did my major in Physics. Later, I carried out my master' studies in France and Germany under the Erasmus Mundus program in Material Science Exploring Large Scale Facilities (MaMaSELF+). Now, I will join ICMAB as part of the NANOPTO group. I will contribute to the fabrication and optimization of organic solar cells and photodetectors, under the supervision of Dr. Mariano Campoy. About me: I am also a ballet dancer who practices calisthenics and loves learning different languages. I am always eager to explore new places full of nature, and hopefully dogs. See you around!

Costa Rica

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Ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films with improved endurance obtained through low temperature epitaxial growth on seed layers

Título : Ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films with improved endurance obtained through low temperature epitaxial growth on seed layers
Autores: Tingfeng Song, Romain Bachelet, Guillaume Saint-Girons, Ignasi Fina * and Florencio Sánchez *
Citation and DOI: Nanoscale, 2023, Advance Article
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1039/D2NR05935E
PlumX: Ferroelectric Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 films with improved endurance obtained through low temperature epitaxial growth on seed layers
Crystallization temperature is a critical parameter in the stabilization of the metastable ferroelectric phase of HfO2. The optimal crystallization temperature used for polycrystalline films is too low to grow epitaxial films. We have developed a new growth strategy, based on the use of an ultrathin seed layer, to obtain high-quality epitaxial films of orthorhombic Hf0.5Zr0.5O2 at a lower temperature. The threshold temperature for epitaxy is reduced from about 750 °C to about 550 °C using a seed layer.

Oxides

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Doctor Daniel Riba | ICMAB, CSIC

Congratulations Dr. Daniel Riba, new ICMAB PhD Graduate!

Doctor Daniel Riba from the Functional Nanomaterials & Surfaces (FunNanoSurf) group at ICMAB-CSIC, defended his PhD thesis "Synthesis of T-shaped molecules for their deposition over three-terminal devices" on Wednesday, 1 March 2023 at ICMAB. 

PhD Congrats

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Muhammad Ahsan Saeed will work on indoor organic photovoltaics, Silvia Damerio on spintronic devices and Daniel Martin on organic electronic devices. | ICMAB, CSIC

Three new MSCA PF will continue their research carrer at ICMAB

Muhammad Ahsan Saeed will work on indoor organic photovoltaics, Silvia Damerio on spintronic devices and Daniel Martin on organic electronic devices. 

The Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) 2022 call results were announced by the European Commission in February 2023. The call will facilitate the incorporation of 1,235 experienced postdoctoral researchers to R+D institutions (research centers, universities, private and public organisation and small and medium-sized enterprises), 177of them in Spain, 31 of them at the CSIC, and 3 of them here at ICMAB.

New Projects, Project Calls, Breaking News

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Welcome Adrià Canals Calderón at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Adrià Canals Calderón
Hello! I'm Adrià, from Barcelona. I'm a bachelor student in Physics and Chemistry in UAB. After an Erasmus in Sweden and an internship in IRB, I'll be conducting my Final Degree Project in CMEOS group until July. I love nature, wildlife and sports. I enjoy any outdoor activity such as mountaineering, running, cycling, climbing or camping. See you around!

Spain

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Transient liquid assisted growth of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7−x films based on pulsed laser deposition

Título : Transient liquid assisted growth of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7−x films based on pulsed laser deposition
Autores: Albert Queraltó, Max Sieger, Kapil Gupta, Alexander Meledin, Pedro Barusco, Lavinia Saltarelli, Mariona de Palau, Xavier Granados, Xavier Obradors and Teresa Puig
Citation and DOI: Supercond. Sci. Technol. 36 025003
DOI: 10.1088/1361-6668/acaad3
PlumX: Transient liquid assisted growth of superconducting YBa2Cu3O7−x films based on pulsed laser deposition
We investigated the integration of transient liquid-assisted growth (TLAG) approach for epitaxial YBa2Cu3O7−x (YBCO) films by physical deposition methodologies (pulsed laser deposition (PLD)), as an additional opportunity for high-throughput growth of YBCO. As a prerequisite, highly flat and amorphous YBCO precursor films were deposited by PLD at temperatures below 400 °C on single-crystalline SrTiO3 (STO) and LaMnO3 (LMO)/STO, as well as industrial coated conductor architectures.

Superconductors

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Welcome Irene Sarmiento Muñoz at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Irene Sarmiento Muñoz
Hello everyone! I'm Irene, I'm 22 years old and I'm a final year student of the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology degree. I will be until summer in the nanoparticles and nanocomposites group doing my final degree project about C.elegans, learning basic experimental techniques such as the determination of the production of reactive oxygen species in response to menadione. Talking a little about me, I'm a basketball player, I love playing video games and watching movies and series. See you around!

Spain

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Welcome Pablo Rodríguez Núñez at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Pablo Rodríguez Núñez
Hi everyone!. My name is Pablo, I´m 22 years old and I´m from Cádiz. I studied Biotechnology at the University of Cádiz and I´m currently studying a master´s degree in Advanced Biotechnology. I will spend a few months in the nanoparticles and nanocomposites group to do my master´s thesis, working on the biosynthesis of a hybrid nanomaterial based on bacterial cellulose and hyaluronic acid. About me, I love sports, cooking and climbing. See you at ICMAB!

Spain

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Welcome Mehrdad Ghiasabadi Farahani at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Mehrdad Ghiasabadi Farahani
Hi
I’m Mehrdad Ghiasabadi Farahani, M.Sc. graduated in the field of Materials Science and Engineering at University of Tehran, Iran, and I have just started my PhD at ICMAB. I will be working at characterization of the ferroelectric behavior of thin films and its correlation to their microstructures. I am very happy to be a member of such an amazing and well-known research group, and also benefiting from the modern infrastructure and excellent guidance.

Iran

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Welcome Zakir Ullah at ICMAB!

Nombre y apellidos: Zakir Ullah
Hola, I am Zakir Ullah, a Ph.D. in chemistry from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea and a postdoc at the Incheon National University, South Korea for 1.5 years. I will be working at the Department of Smart Molecular, Inorganic and Organic Hybrid Materials. I am very excited to polish my research skill in this amazing research group with the excellent facilities and guidance to develop new materials for energy storage.

Pakistan

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Tunable Perpendicular Magnetoresistive Sensor Driven by Shape and Substrate Induced Magnetic Anisotropy

Título : Tunable Perpendicular Magnetoresistive Sensor Driven by Shape and Substrate Induced Magnetic Anisotropy
Autores: Aleix Barrera, Emile Fourneau, Sergi Martín, Josep Maria Batllori, Jordi Alcalá, Lluís Balcells, Narcís Mestres, Ngoc Duy Nguyen, Alvaro Sanchez, Alejandro V. Silhanek, Anna Palau
Citation and DOI:

Adv. Sensor Res., 2: 202370004.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/adsr.202200042

PlumX: Tunable Perpendicular Magnetoresistive Sensor Driven by Shape and Substrate Induced Magnetic Anisotropy
Control of magnetization reversal processes is a key issue for the implementation of magnetic materials in technological applications. The modulation of shape magnetic anisotropy in nanowire structures with a high aspect ratio is an efficient way to tune sharp in-plane magnetic switching. However, control of fast magnetization reversal processes induced by perpendicular magnetic fields is much more challenging. Here, tunable sharp magnetoresistance changes, triggered by out-of-plane  magnetic fields, are demonstrated in thin permalloy strips grown on LaAlO3 single crystal substrates.

Oxides

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